Sample Tracks and Meanings

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Zoot Suit 

(1926. Harlem, NY.)

A man from Tennessee arrives in Harlem hoping to relocate. He walks into a shop, eyes the Zoot Suit—the epitome of cool—and in a conversation with the sales clerk, begins his transition from bumpkin to Daddy-O.

Broken TeaCup

(1998. Brixton, London.)

Days before Christmas, a Trinidadian mother and her British-born, university-aged daughter argue over a broken tea cup, which represents for the mother the family’s successful assimilation. For the daughter, however, it is a painful relic of colonialism. The argument, like the teacup, is complicated, jagged, and beautiful.

Springtime in Wakanda

(2018. Wakanda.)

For the first time ever I experienced the beauty of Spring, thanks to an early dosage of antihistamine. Ahhh, the smell of flowers in bloom! This must be what it feels like to live in Wakanda.